Dry sockets are also known by their medical term alveolar osteitis. It is a condition that occurs after having a tooth extracted. When you have a tooth extracted a blood clot will usually form within a few hours. That is the reason dentists ask you to keep the cotton packing in place for several hours after an extraction. The cotton packing helps the clot to form and stop the bleeding. After the clot forms the healing tissue begins to form and the socket where the tooth was begins to seal. A dry socket occurs when the healing tissue fails to form and the socket stays empty. The empty space is exposed to air and to food particles that can cause an infection to begin. Those who suffer from a dry socket often experience severe pain. Looking for a natural treatment for dry sockets could keep you from paying another visit to the dentist’s chair.
Clove oil is a very popular dry socket treatment. You can find it in most pharmacies and natural food stores. Take a cotton ball and dip it in water first before dipping it in the clove oil. This will help dilute the oil and will cause the clove oil to sting less. You can take the cotton ball and rub the gum area around the tooth cavity and hold the ball on the area for a few minutes to allow the clove oil to seep down into the area. You will probably get instant relief and you can use this type of treatment two or three times a day.
Rinsing your mouth in warm salty water is a natural treatment for dry sockets. Add a little turmeric to help aid in relieving the pain. This dry socket treatment helps to remove any particles that may be trapped in the area and salt helps the area heal faster. When the area begins to heal naturally you will feel less pain and less need for dry socket home remedies. If you have a syringe you can take some of the warm salt water and squirt directly into the socket. This will help flush the area and prevent infection.
If you like yogurt you might want to add it to your diet. It contains a natural antibiotic that helps the body heal faster. It is also used as a digestion aid and is great for preventing or curing yeast infections. Yogurt is something you can eat shortly after your extraction since it is not likely to get food particles into the socket area.
Dry socket home remedies include hydrogen peroxide. You can rinse your mouth with straight hydrogen peroxide to help prevent infection and it also helps heal infection. Be sure to spit it back out because you never want to swallow it. If you swallow a small amount accidentally it will not hurt you but you will not want to swallow a large amount.
Dry sockets can be as painful as a tooth ache. Many people describe the pain as being worse than the pain they experienced before the extraction. You will want to take every precaution to avoid a dry socket but if you get one you should look at a natural treatment for dry sockets.